My daughter Alivia simply adores dancing and anything to do with dancing. So, as soon as she turned 3 we were keen to find a dance program to get her some professional instruction and hopefully nurture the love she has for dance and music. While many programs won’t accept three year olds, we were delighted to find several that do. We eventually settled on Cala Dance which is located in the Emporium Tower just behind the Emporium shopping center.
Cala Dance Studio doesn’t have a website, so if you aren’t referred to them by someone you might not even know they exist. Still, they are very popular and classes fill up quickly. The staff is fluent in Thai and English and I believe they also speak Japanese and Mandarin (not sure how fluently though). They also offer a free trial class for kids, which is a huge bonus if you aren’t sure about the school or your child’s interest level in an organized dance class. They are on Facebook though and you can contact them there or by calling 02-664-8985. Prices are 420 baht for an individual class or 4,200 baht for 12 weeks (1 hour per week). There is also a 500 baht registration fee. If you pay with cash there is a 5% discount.
Granted it has only been 1 class, but we were quite pleased with Cala Dance Studio based on our initial impression. They really care for the dancers and are quick to ensure that every girl participates and that they are having fun as well. I suspect we will stick with Cala for the foreseeable future. If Alivia shows a real talent or dedication to dance however I think we would consider moving to a larger dance school.
There are many other dance studios available in Bangkok as well. Your choice will probably be determined by what type of dancing you are looking for (ballet, jazz, latin dancing, etc), and the location of the dance studio in relation to your home, work or school. Below are the dance schools I was able to find during my search for a suitable place for our daughter:
Bangkok Dance Academy – They offer a variety of dance types, including ballet, jazz, contemporary, Spanish and Thai dancing. They also have a rhythmic gymnastics offering and a strength and flexibility class. With 12 locations available you can probably find something suitable no matter where you are located. Check out their schedule of classes here.
Dance Centre School of Performing Arts – Located on Sukhumvit 33, this school follows the curriculum of the Royal Academy of Dance in London. Pre-ballet classes are available for children aged 4 and over. Prices are 4,650 baht for 12 weeks (1 hour per week) or 500 baht drop in rate. There is also a 500 baht annual registration fee.
Rising Star Dance Academy – Since 1996, Rising Star has been teaching ballet, jazz dance, rhythmic gymnastics, hip hop, belly dance, Spanish dance, and ballet exercise to students ages 3 to adult. They are located on Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor).
Bangkok International Dance Academy (B.I.D.A.) – Located in the Peninsula Plaza, on Rajdamri Rd. (Pathumwan), B.I.D.A. specializes in Ballroom and Latin dancing. They also offer the popular Zumba fitness dance class.
rumPUREE World Dance Studio – rumPUREE has two locations, Silom soi 4 and Amarin Plaza, making them accessible for a wide variety of dance enthusiasts. They offer a wide variety of dance classes, from traditional ballet to the popular Zumba fitness and even classes in pole dancing and striptease! Most of the classes are held at their Amarin Plaza location, with the Silom location being primarily the Latin dances (Salsa, Flamenco, Tango). Ballet is available for children as young as 4.
Studio Zoom – Located on the ground floor of Biohouse Sukhumvit 39, they offer ballet, jazz, hip hop, belly dancing, and even yoga. They also have Zumba fitness classes. Kids are welcome from as young as 4 years old.
Aree Dance Arts School – Aree has been training dancers in Bangkok since 1987 and has had several dancers go on to secure scholarships at top dance academies abroad and later pursue professional dance careers. They have two branches, the main branch on Sukhumvit (next to the Phra Khanong BTS) and a second branch on Silom (5th floor of the United Center Building), making them accessible to anyone in central Bangkok. They offer classes in Ballet, Jazz, Spanish dance, and Contemporary dance.
Alliance Francaise Thailande – Offers introduction to dance for 5-6 year olds, ballet for 7-12 year olds and jazz dance for 8-18 year olds. Located in Sathorn Mansion on Sathorn Tai.